Bladder Health Month: Topic #3--Bladder Cancer

November 29, 2016

Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer, as most cancers, actually presents as a spectrum of disease ranging from extremely indolent cases to extremely aggressive, life-threatening cases.  Bladder cancer is strongly associated with tobacco use and with some other inflammatory states (chronic bladder stones, chronic bladder infection, long-term catheter use, etc.) and with exposure to certain toxins like textile dyes.  However, it does not appear to be associated with Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis or with Overactive Bladder. 

Do you or a family member have bladder cancer?  Do you understand your phenotype (that is where you lie on the risk spectrum)?  Has your doctor created an individualized treatment plan for you?  If not, we can help.